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Author Topic: McAfee Corporate Antivirus Program Problem Reboots PCs, Surgeries Postponed  (Read 2196 times)
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« on: April 22, 2010, 02:59:15 AM »

Per this news story, this supposedly affected a small number of "Corporate" customers only.  Computers kept rebooting forcing some hospitals to postpone elective surgeries and even caused problems in their emergency rooms.


By PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer Peter Svensson, Ap Technology Writer – Wed Apr 21, 5:45 pm ET

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100421/ap_on_hi_te/us_tec_mcafee_antivirus_flaw
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« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2010, 06:24:12 AM »

Avast anti-virus did a number on my computer a few months ago with false virus positives and boot scans. Almost to the
point these days where if you get a virus positive, you need to google to see if it's the anti-virus company's false positive
or a real virus before you take action. That Avast fiasco cost me to have a tech repair my computer.
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« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2010, 04:19:46 PM »

Amazing that Avast can still create problems. Tried it an older computer I had and it did weird things so I removed it. 3cats sounds like newer versions are more lethal and costly when they do cause a problem such as you had.
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« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2010, 05:23:24 PM »

Bitdefender had a similar problem last month where an update caused problems rebooting 64-bit versions of Windows.

http://www.bitdefender.com/site/KnowledgeBase/consumer/#638

I had to wonder how many users were affected who didn't know what had happened to their systems and were stuck having to take them in for repair. The Catch-22 with a defunct PC is that it's impossible to get on the web to find the problem/solution unless you happen to be lucky enough to have a second machine that's still functional.
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« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2010, 05:41:24 PM »

shadowmice exactly feel the same. When my old pc went bonkers I was lucky to have my work computer to research on that saved my bacon.  Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2010, 05:46:10 PM »

The Avast boot scan false positive kept IDing absolutely harmless programs and deleting them, and finally said some essential part of Windows was a virus. So when that happened, I knew something was up and googled before it could delete Windows. So when your
AV tells you you have a virus, before you panic, check. I do have a backup device in emergencies, a netbook. And lots of people
now Web connect through cell phone, too, so you can do some checking. Plus I have a Seagate backup external hard drive for when all
else fails. And I bet even with all that, you could still lose your entire computer at some point to a virus.
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« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2010, 06:06:59 PM »

3cats your luck to have a back-up. When I had installed the SBC Yahoo security anti-virus it managed to delete Internet Explorer and every time I booted the computer it told me it was GONE and couldn't find it. Needless to say I was po'd that I had to find the information to re-build my computer's insides from scratch. Not being a whizz kid at computers made it a real challenge but after having done it a couple of times it is easier.
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